Feature Requests- WEBSITE...(CHANGE LOG)

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W8LM
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Feature Requests- WEBSITE...(CHANGE LOG)

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SURPRISE- My openspot2 Updated Today all on it's own without my approval.. Found that there is V58 firmware. Would be nice to see what the RELEASE DATE WAS. (Note: the Openspot3 shows a release (announcement) date... I'm assuming recent, as my openspot went right to "UPGRADING"...I had not used it in a week.
WEBSITE > Openspot 2 > CHANGE LOG >
V58 (place release date here!)
* Added support for custom Wires-X menu hostname .... (ADD-SEE Below)
* Added support for D-STAR fast data calls ................ (ADD-SEE Below)

Regarding the new features of the Firmware change log.. What the hell are they? Where are they documented. Got a white page? Has the "manual" been updated?
How about something like this....
* Added support for custom Wires-X menu hostname..-See manual Rev 12A, page 145.
* Added support for D-STAR fast data calls..............-See White paper at SharkRF.com/document/45221

What good is a FIRMWARE Upgrade change log is it only states "the Flux Capacitor value was set to 200FFxD8"... if we don't know what it means or why or where it was before?

To be even more specific- why was Wires-X mentioned as I was told, Wires-X is a stand alone Yaesu product and incompatible with Open hot spots, YSF or FCS... What am I missing, besides brain cells?

Happy New Year..

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Wires-X menu refers to the menu you can access with the Wires-X button on your transceiver. All openSPOT2 features are described in the openSPOT2's user manual. Transceiver feature descriptions like D-STAR fast data calls are described in the transceiver's user manual.
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Re: Feature Requests- WEBSITE...(CHANGE LOG)

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W8LM wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:08 pm

To be even more specific- why was Wires-X mentioned as I was told, Wires-X is a stand alone Yaesu product and incompatible with Open hot spots, YSF or FCS... What am I missing, besides brain cells?
Hello,

There's a reason a lot of people derisively refer to Yaesu's System Fusion as System conFusion. Yaesu has a tendency to overuse the same terms for different things, as well as having variations of the same term for technologies that are only tangentially similar.

Some examples:
  • Yaesu and their representatives have repeated said that their radios are DMR, when anyone that has spent time playing with the digital modes knows that while it is a digital mode radio (a radio with digital modes), it is not a 'DMR' radio.
  • Wires vs Wires II vs Wires X - all are called "wires" where the "wires" part has the same meaning, but the first two were analog only iterations, and were basically Yaesu's versions of an IRLP/echolink type system. Wires X is the addition of a digital and analog mixed network, and basically Wires and Wires II are no longer supported. Supposedly, Wires X has all the features of the earlier systems, only it is "better".
  • Wires X - This has been used to refer to any of a. the button on the radio, and what happens when you press it; b. the protocol of the digital communication between the radio and the node/repeater/hotspot when you engage Wires X mode in the radio; c. the software running on the windows computer that is either connected to an HRI-200, or to one of the PDN capable models; d. the network protocol between the Wires X software on the windows computer and the Yaesu servers; e. the closed network that Yaesu runs and controls for interlinking the computers running the Wires-X software.
  • Yaesu System Fusion aka YSF - primarily the "fusion" part refers to the fact that the network can run mixed-mode, aka digital nodes and analog nodes interoperating seamlessly (yes, I know, it's not so seamless anymore with the PDNs)
Hotspots such as the openspot do not directly interact with Yaesu's closed, proprietary Wires X network, nodes, or software. The sole exception is that sometimes a hotspot is configured as a client RF device to the Wires-X RF node in digital mode. This is one way that Wires X network rooms are bridged over to the various reflectors/etc.

Hotspots do now support the Wires X RF protocol, so that when you activate Wires X mode on your radio, it now does *something*. What that *something* is depends on the hotspot and how it is configured. This is actually a really cool feature, and is very flexible depending on how you configure your hotspot and/or the reflector it connects to.

Hopefully this information is useful (and accurate enough).

73 de K9AGR
Jim

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